Commentary by Morris L. Barer and Stirling Bryan
Int J Health Policy Manag 2018, 7(3), 278–281
The challenges associated with translating health services and policy research (HSPR) evidence into practice are many and long-standing. Indeed, those challenges have themselves spawned new areas of research, including knowledge translation and implementation science. These sub-disciplines have increased our understanding of the critical success factors associated with the uptake of research evidence into (system) practice. Engaging those for whom research evidence is likely to help solve implementation and/or policy problems, and ensuring that they are key partners throughout the research life-cycle, appear (based on current evidence) to be the most direct and effective paths to improved knowledge translation.